WHO chief updates journalists on Ebola outbreak, COVID-19 treatment study
on June 3, 2020 at 8:50 pm
Nearly 50 staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners arrived in Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Wednesday, location of the country’s latest Ebola outbreak.
US must address deep-seated grievances to move beyond history of racism and violence
on June 3, 2020 at 8:22 pm
Voices calling for an end to “the endemic and structural racism that blights US society” must be heard and understood, for the country to move past its “tragic history of racism and violence”, the UN Human Rights chief said on Wednesday.
‘Stronger response’ key, to build a safer and more stable future: Guterres
on June 3, 2020 at 7:38 pm
UN chief António Guterres is calling for greater unity and solidarity to defeat COVID-19 and build a better world in the wake of the global pandemic.
Bicycles: Setting the wheels of change in motion during and after COVID-19
on June 3, 2020 at 4:28 pm
World Bicycle Day highlights the potential for transforming the way the world moves around, before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, helping create a healthier, more sustainable future, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
Asian countries urged to honour right to freedom of expression, over pandemic fear
on June 3, 2020 at 3:43 pm
A dozen countries in the Asia-Pacific region have seen an alarming clampdown on freedom of expression during the COVID-19 crisis, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday.
UN chief underlines need to protect refugees and migrants in COVID-19 pandemic
on June 3, 2020 at 4:05 am
The UN Secretary-General has expressed hope that the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a rethinking of how the world supports refugees, migrants and internally displaced people.
‘Unprecedented’ financing needed to halt recession of ‘unparalleled proportions’: Mohammed
on June 2, 2020 at 8:21 pm
As COVID-19 has halted economic activity and threatens social wellbeing across the globe, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a wide-ranging policy discussion on Tuesday, exploring financing options to address the pandemic and mobilize the resources needed for a proactive recovery.
Put human rights at the centre of coronavirus response urges Muhammad-Bande
on June 2, 2020 at 7:15 pm
The nations of the world must put human rights at the heart of their ongoing response to COVID-19 and ensure that everyone can enjoy “justice and peace” wherever they may be, the President of the General Assembly said on Tuesday.
Yemen: ‘Hanging on by a thread’, UN chief requests funding to meet staggering humanitarian crisis
on June 2, 2020 at 5:13 pm
More than five years of conflict have left Yemenis “hanging on by a thread, their economy in tatters” and their institutions “facing near-collapse”, the UN chief told a virtual pledging conference on Tuesday, calling for a demonstration of solidarity with some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.
Coronavirus a challenge, and opportunity, to fix remittances system than funnels billions home from abroad
on June 2, 2020 at 3:47 pm
Often the equivalent of several hundred dollars a month, remittances – the money that migrant workers send home to their families – have been adding up in a big way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will especially benefit families in developing countries, and keep tens of millions out of poverty.
Address ‘appalling impact’ of COVID-19 on minorities, UN rights chief urges
on June 2, 2020 at 3:28 pm
Urgent action is needed to address “the major disproportionate impact” of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday.
‘Dogged pragmatism’ needed to save Ocean: UN Special Envoy
on June 2, 2020 at 4:00 am
‘Dogged pragmatism’ is needed to save the Ocean as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, according to the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean.
UN appeals for restraint, ‘social cohesion’ as protests across the US continue
on June 1, 2020 at 9:52 pm
Responding to on-going protests that have spawned violence on all sides across dozens of US cities, the UN Spokesperson on Monday reiterated the Secretary-General’s appeal for grievances to be heard in “peaceful ways”, met with restraint by police and security forces.
Central and South America now ‘intense zones’ for COVID-19 transmission
on June 1, 2020 at 8:45 pm
Greater solidarity must be shown to Central and South American countries which have become “the intense zones” for COVID-19 transmission, a top official with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
World slowly starts travelling again: UN Tourism Organization
on June 1, 2020 at 7:57 pm
After months of lockdowns, countries are cautiously starting to ease travel restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to research published Monday by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, stressed "the need for vigilance, responsibility and international cooperation as the world slowly opens up again."
WHO to support DR Congo as Ebola resurfaces in the northwest
on June 1, 2020 at 7:09 pm
The World Health Organization (WHO) will assist the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as it confronts a new Ebola outbreak in the northwest amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and other challenges, agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.
Ecuador: Sustainable cattle farmer eases COVID-19 crisis with free milk for families
on June 1, 2020 at 4:52 pm
As the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down dairy supply hubs across the Amazon region of Ecuador, one local cattle farmer with an abundance of milk on his hands has stepped up to offer it free-of-charge to families in need, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19-related ‘tragedy’ unfolding in Yemen
on June 1, 2020 at 4:29 pm
A “tragedy” fueled by the spread of COVID-19 which is unfolding in Yemen could affect millions of people there, an international UN-backed pledging conference is expected to hear on Tuesday.
COVID-19 disrupting services to treat non-communicable diseases, WHO survey finds
on June 1, 2020 at 3:09 pm
The fight against COVID-19 has severely disrupted services to prevent and treat cancer, diabetes, hypertension and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which kill more than 40 million people each year, according to a new survey published on Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Why business needs to address the social impacts of COVID-19: an interview with Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact chief
on June 1, 2020 at 4:00 am
As businesses struggle to cope with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, they need to remain aware of their responsibilities as partners in efforts to build a sustainable future, says the outgoing head of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
Life and death for Yemen’s women and girls, as funding evaporates
on May 31, 2020 at 2:00 am
In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. The agency has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive healthcare in 140 out of the 180 health facilities, it supports, meaning only 40 now remain.
Yemen: Amid spike in COVID-19 cases, UNICEF airlifts in badly needed health supplies
on May 30, 2020 at 3:04 pm
A plane chartered by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) landed at Sana’a airport on Saturday with lifesaving supplies to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in conflict-torn Yemen.
From fighting with guns to fighting the pandemic
on May 30, 2020 at 4:10 am
In countries suffering from conflict, readjusting to life in a peaceful society is a challenge, both for former fighters and the wider community. Since the spread of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN is having to refocus many of its programmes, aimed at reducing violence in communities, and rehabilitating combatants.
Peacekeepers exemplify ‘service, sacrifice and selflessness’, in face of pandemic
on May 29, 2020 at 8:29 pm
To honour the more than 3,900 women and men who have lost their lives under the UN flag since 1948, Secretary-General António Guterres laid a wreath at the Peacekeepers’ memorial on Friday, International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
COVID-19: Countries support ‘one-stop shop’ to share science and research
on May 29, 2020 at 8:17 pm
Thirty countries and numerous international partners have underlined the need to make tests, treatments and other technologies to fight COVID-19, available to people everywhere.
UN human rights office welcomes moves to curtail spread of hatred and violence online
on May 29, 2020 at 6:05 pm
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has welcomed steps taken by social media companies to prevent their platforms from being used to promote hatred, violence and misinformation, Spokesperson Rupert Colville said on Friday.
More ‘can and must be done’ to eradicate caste-based discrimination in Nepal
on May 29, 2020 at 4:20 pm
Shocked over the killing last weekend of five men in Nepal, who had planned to escort home one of their girlfriends from a higher caste, the UN human rights chief on Friday stressed that ending caste-based discrimination is “fundamental” to the overall sustainable development vision of leaving no one behind.
Nine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHO
on May 29, 2020 at 1:08 pm
Tobacco products continue to kill eight million people a year who get hooked via a $9 billion a year marketing strategy. That’s the warning from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, which has said that even during a global pandemic, the tobacco and nicotine industry has continued to promote products that limit people’s ability to fight new coronavirus and recover from the disease.
US must take ‘serious action’ to halt police killings of unarmed African Americans
on May 28, 2020 at 9:41 pm
The UN human rights chief on Thursday condemned the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd while in police custody in the city of Minneapolis, calling it the latest in “a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by US police officers and members of the public”.
Latin America and Caribbean: Millions more could miss meals due to COVID-19 pandemic
on May 28, 2020 at 7:51 pm
Some 14 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean could experience severe food insecurity this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to projections released on Thursday by the World Food Programme (WFP).